BRITT | Nearly a dozen students got an early dose of holiday cheer Wednesday, Nov. 15, during the first-ever Christmas Craze.

The event, which was offered by the Hancock County Extension Office this month, was held at the Britt Municipal Building and featured cookies, crafts and hot cocoa.

“We’re getting in the Christmas spirit,” said Taylor Kluver, Hancock County Extension program and youth coordinator.

Christmas music played in the background as Kluver and Nikki Renner, Hancock County Extension Office youth enrichment coordinator, gave the students in third through seventh grade a quick rundown of four ornament crafts the women found on Pinterest.

One of the ornaments featured a colored balloon wrapped in twine and glue, while others contained painted pine cones rolled in white paint and glitter; a wood slice with a painted letter; and a plastic ornament filled with glitter.

“You get to personalize,” Kluver said. “You can make it however you want.”

Kluver said the extension office has offered holiday activities in the past to children within Hancock County, but this is the first year for Christmas Craze. The event included a variety of crafts that 4-H’ers could submit as fair projects in the summer.

For West Hancock fourth-grader Claire Hiscocks, she was all about the glitter — mixing colors and adding more any chance she could.

“I love glitter,” she said. “Glitter is fun.”

After the students finished at each of the ornament stations, they moved to cookie decorating. Each person was allowed to decorate two sugar cookies with red, green or white frosting and an assortment of holiday-themed sprinkles. They could then enjoy their frosted cookies with a cup of hot cocoa that they could spruce up with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, marshmallows, candy canes and whipped topping.

“It’s perfect for hot chocolate,” said McKenzie Lyman, a West Hancock fourth-grader.

Hot cocoa is seventh-grader Corinna King’s favorite part about winter, while other students said they enjoyed playing in the snow, sledding, spending time with family on Christmas, attending church on Christmas Eve and opening presents.

Lyman said she enjoys playing in the snow with her horses.

“It’s so fun,” she said.

Fourth-grader Jacob Sweers said he likes building snow forts.

The Christmas Craze in Britt was the first of two offered by the extension office. The other was held on Monday, Nov. 20, in Garner.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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